American rapper Travis Scott and former tennis player John McEnroe have been arguing over a Nike collaboration that involves McEnroe’s iconic ‘Mac Attack’ sneakers. In a video that recently went viral, Scott can be seen vandalising McEnroe’s Hall of Fame plaque with his Cactus Jack logo.
The heated row between Scott and McEnroe started when the former refused to rename his brand for a special edition of the latter’s Nike Mac Attack sneakers, which were first released in 1984. The shoes are part of Scott’s ongoing partnership with Nike, which has produced some of the most sought-after and expensive sneakers in the market.
McEnroe, who’s one of the greatest tennis players of all time, wanted Scott to call the shoes ‘Cactus Mac’ as a tribute to his legacy.
Scott, however, insisted on keeping his Cactus Jack name, which he uses for his music label, clothing line, and other ventures. The tension between the two escalated when a video of a Zoom meeting with Nike executives surfaced online, showing McEnroe yelling at the rapper for disrespecting him and his shoes.
Scott defended his decision, saying that the name ‘Cactus Mac’ sounded like a “burger” and that he was doing what was best for the fans and the culture. The video went viral and sparked a heated debate among fans of both celebrities, as well as sneaker enthusiasts and tennis fans.
“Cactus Mac does indeed sound like a burger,” one TikTok user noted. “John McEnroe forcing everyone to like his shoe,” said another one, while a third commenter added: “People wonder why Ye didn’t want to work with Nike anymore.”
But the feud reached a new level of hostility when a new clip showed Scott spray-painting McEnroe’s plaque with his Cactus Jack logo in orange paint.